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Putting the ‘citizen’ in ‘citizen science’ | Zooniverse
"I was slightly surprised to see my twitter feed this morning filling up with comments about how the term ‘citizen’ appears in writing about science, and about public engagement with science."
citizen-science  public  public-understanding  rhetoric  language  words 
june 2013 by tsuomela
‘Wordquakes’ can shake the political blogosphere (Wired UK)
"A new study of word frequencies in political blogs finds that equations describing earthquake evolution fit the eruption of topics onto political blogs.

News tends to move quickly through the public consciousness, noted physicist Peter Klimek of the Medical University of Vienna and colleagues in a paper posted on Readers usually absorb a story, discuss it with their friends, and then forget it. But some events send lasting reverberations through society, changing opinions and even governments."
public-opinion  words  language  weblog-analysis  weblog-research  weblog  statistics  earthquake  metaphor 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The Information Palace by James Gleick | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books
The word “information” has grown urgent and problematic—a signpost seen everywhere, freighted with new meaning and import. We hardly need the lexicographers of the Oxford English Dictionary to tell us that, but after all, this is what they live for. It is a word, they tell us, “exhibiting significant linguistic productivity,” a word that “both reflects and embodies major cultural and technological change,” therefore a word crying out for their attention.
information  language  definition  dictionary  history  words  linguistics 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Analyze Words
The AnalyzeWords project analyzes data using the text analysis program Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) originally developed at the University of Texas at Austin and the Auckland Medical School in New Zealand. Unlike most traditional word counting methods, LIWC focuses on the almost-invisible function or junk words that we rely on. Junk words include pronouns (I, you they), articles (a, the, an), prepositions (to, with, for) and other small words that typically hold together more content-heavy nouns and regular verbs.

Across dozens of studies, junk words have proven to be powerful markers of peoples psychological states. When individuals use the word I, for example, they are briefly paying attention to themselves. People experiencing high levels of physical or mental pain automatically orient towards themselves and begin using I-words at higher rates. I-use, then, can reflect signs of depression, stress or insecurity.
twitter  psychology  language  analysis  social  words  emotions 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay.
language  english  fun  games  words 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Web Worker Daily » Archive Use Timeboxing to Slay the Perfectionist Beast «
Timeboxing recognizes that the scarce resource in life is often time. In the context of a software project, this means dealing with a fixed delivery date. Instead of trying to build a product with every possible wishlist feature, no matter how long it tak
time  time-management  words  vocabulary  language  gtd 
december 2007 by tsuomela
Urban Dictionary: Define Your World
Urban Dictionary is a slang dictionary with your definitions.
dictionary  words  etymology  definition  reference  slang 
june 2007 by tsuomela
Word Spy
This Web site is devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases.
words  vocabulary  neologism  definition  etymology 
may 2007 by tsuomela
Word Spy - dark tourism
dark tourism n. Tourism that involves travelling to places associated with death, destruction, or a horrific event.
words  tourism  travel  vocabulary  etymology  neologism 
may 2007 by tsuomela
Wordie lets you make lists of words -- practical lists, words you love, words you hate, whatever. You can add citations and comments, see who else has listed the same words, and talk about language.
language  words  fun  community 
december 2006 by tsuomela

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